"Basically, however, the biblical traditions remember that the origins of the Patriarchs lay in Mesopotamia or Aram as the region was called in Hebrew. The Hebrew term for what we know as Mesopotamia is aram-naharaim, Aram of the Two Rivers (referring to the Tigris and Euphrates), also called Paddan-Aram"
""...And the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness."
" And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone."
In 1978 Ron Wyatt found chariot parts in the Gulf of Aqaba just off the Egyptian shore. At that time, he knew that Mt. Sinai had to be on the opposite shore. Since the Biblical account tells how the people arrived at Mt. Sinai after they crossed the Red Sea; and since the Gulf of Aqaba, which Ron knew to be the crossing site, separates the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt) and Saudi Arabia, there was no doubt as to the location of Mt. Sinai being in Arabia. But where in Arabia?
Ron studied the Biblical account and saw on the flight maps of the area that there was a mountain range in the northwestern area of Saudi which he felt had the potential to be Mt. Sinai. .."
Evidence for the Real Mt. Sinai
"This video gives biblical based evidence for the real location of Mt. Sinai." Ron enters Saudi Arabia
January 24, 1984 "...MARBLE COLUMNS NEAR THE ALTAR
"Twelve Pillars According to the Twelve Tribes of Israel"
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
Ron believed that these were pieces of a "shrine" that had once sat near the altar. There were at least 10 pieces of broken, round columns almost 23 inches in diameter. They varied in height from 8 inches to 26 inches.
In addition, there were a large number of rectangular marble stones 8 1/4 inches by 16 ½ inches, from 10 to 26 inches long. These pieces were found around the altar, while others lay scattered at a greater distance, and are not included in our count.
He believed this had to be the site of Mt. Sinai and he saw the entire top of the mountain to be blackened as if charred. He noted several features of the site which identified the area.
As Ron surveyed the region around the mountain, he saw that here was an area that perfectly fit the description of Mt. Sinai (Horeb) - there were thousands of acres of land surrounded by a mountain range which enclosed the area. He was convinced that this was it! But as they got nearer the base of the mountain, a small truck pulled up and the man inside brusquely told Ron and the boys' driver to take them back to where their taxi was waiting for them, which he did. They then got back into this taxi and headed to the Jordanian border.
When they arrived at the border, things didn't go so well. As they attempted to exit the country, they were abruptly arrested and taken to a jail in Hagl. They were being charged with espionage.
Ron and the boys were separately questioned day after day by a group called the Interrogation Team. They each told their story - of their belief and reasons for that belief, that Mt. Sinai was Jebel el Lawz. One Saudi official, Abu Collet, sent men out to the mountain to determine if any evidence was actually there, but the men came back with a negative report, which was sent to the King.
There were some among the interrogators, however, who believed Ron. One day three Saudis took Ron on a trip in a helicopter to the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba where Ron claimed the great multitude had crossed the sea. The helicopter landed on the beach directly opposite Nuweiba, Egypt.
It wasn't too difficult to find the right area because Nuweiba is easily seen across the 8 mile gulf. Landing there, on the beach they found a Phoenician-style, granite column erected on the shore, with inscriptions in archaic Hebrew.
The Saudis took numerous photographs of this column, and Ron suddenly had a little more credibility with his jailers. Archaic Hebrew simply isn't found in Saudi Arabia and here was some very concrete evidence. In fact, it is possible that this column literally saved Ron and the boys' lives. No one in Saudi had known about the column as it was in an extremely remote, uninhabited area. But even this column didn't insure their release. However, it did match the column Ron had found in 1978 on the opposite shore in Egypt - only this one had the inscriptions on it!
Only upon their release, after 75 days, did they learn that a man whom Ron had told of his plans to enter Saudi illegally, had called the Saudi embassy and told them that the Wyatts were actually Israeli spies. The Saudis told Ron this man's name when they were released.
*see arkdiscovery.com Biblical Evidence: The Exodus from Egypt, from tangle.com "This older clip from a documentary discusses evidence for the events in the Book of Exodus. "
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com: LA- Archaeology, History, etc... Mount Sinai
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...also known as Mount Horeb, Mount Musa, Gebel Musa or Jabal Musa ("Moses' Mountain") by the Bedouin, is the name of a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula. It is the traditional location of the Biblical Mount Sinai...
"Estimates of their spending ranged from $1 million to $2.5 million during an eight-day visit.
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz arrived in Rochester on Nov. 15 for a check up at the Mayo Clinic. He was accompanied by at least five Saudi princes and hundreds of others.
The king left Wednesday, but some members of his group remain in Rochester.
Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Brad Jones says the royal family's spending should remedy a slight economic downturn that started in Rochester in October.
Mayo Clinic has not acknowledged the king's visit.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)"
-Theocracy List of kings of Saudi Arabia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..The King of Saudi Arabia is Saudi Arabia's head of state and absolute monarch. He serves as the head of the Saudi Monarchy and House of Saud...
Saudi Arabia is ruled by Islamic law and purports to be an Islamic state, but many Muslims see a monarchy as being a non-Islamic system of government. This attitude stems in part from traditional Sunni doctrine, which prefers selecting rulers based on who is most qualified, even though the caliphate became a hereditary system after the time of the first four Sunni Caliphs (the Rashidun). The ruling family itself is often perceived as irreligious due to rumours of decadent behaviour. This is part of a deeper underlying tension in Saudi Arabia between desire for modernization and desire to conserve culture and values...."
"A young Saudi woman was recently killed by her father after he discovered that she had converted to Christianity."
Saudi christian killed - Fatima Al-Mutairi
"In August, a Muslim cleric and member of Saudi Arabias Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, killed his sister 26-year-old Fatima Al-Mutairi, after she proclaimed her faith to her family, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The Voice of the Martyrs contacts report Fatimas fellowship with other believers was mainly limited to Internet forums and phone correspondence. "As part of her testimony to the family, she proclaimed that the way of Christ is the most pure and most holy way of all. After sharing with her family, she found her brother in her room with her laptop open before him," VOM contacts said. "Her laptop contained notes about her spiritual journey, which he was searching in order to find more evidence against her. Her brother locked her in the room for four hours, during which time she wrote a final letter on the Internet. Fatima was killed soon thereafter," VOM contacts added.
Prior to her martyrdom Fatima wrote a poem that shows her love for Christ and her desire to share His love with her family.
" May the Lord Jesus guide you, Oh Muslims
And enlighten your hearts that you might love others
The forum does not revile the Master of the prophets
It is for the display of truth, and for you it was revealed
This is the truth which you do not know
What we profess are the words of the Master of the prophets
We do not worship the cross, and we are not possessed
We worship the Lord Jesus, the Light of the worlds
We left Mohammed, and we do not follow in his path
We followed Jesus Christ, the Clear Truth
Truly, we love our homeland, and we are not traitors
We take pride that we are Saudi citizens
How could we betray our homeland, our dear people?
How could we, when for death - for Saudi Arabia - we stand ready?
The homeland of my grandfathers, their glories, and odes - for it I am writing
And we say, "We are proud, proud, proud to be Saudis"
We chose our way, the way of the rightly guided
And every man is free to choose any religion
Be content to leave us to ourselves to be believers in Jesus
Let us live in grace before our time comes
There are tears on my cheek, and Oh! the heart is sad
To those who become Christians, how you are so cruel!
And the Messiah says, "Blessed are the Persecuted"
And we for the sake of Christ all things bear
What is it to you that we are infidels?
You do not enter our graves, as if with us buried
Enough - your swords do not concern me, not evil nor disgrace
Your threats do not trouble me, and we are not afraid
And by God, I am unto death a Christian - Verily
I cry for what passed by, of a sad life
I was far from the Lord Jesus for many years
Oh History record! and bear witness, Oh Witnesses!
We are Christians - in the path of Christ we tread
Take from me this word, and note it well
You see, Jesus is my Lord, and He is the Best of protectors
I advise you to pity yourself, to clap your hands in mourning
See your look of ugly hatred
Man is brother to man, Oh learned ones
Where is the humanity, the love, and where are you?
As to my last words, I pray to the Lord of the worlds
Jesus the Messiah, the Light of Clear Guidance
That He change notions, and set the scales of justice aright
And that He spread Love among you, Oh Muslims"
Wikipedia "...is Islam's holiest city and home to the Kaaba shrine and the Masjid al-Haram (The Sacred or Grand Mosque). The city is known for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which being one of the Five Pillars of Islam, attracts close to 3 million pilgrims every year.Muslims must pray facing Mecca..."
"..The Masjid al-Haram is the only mosque that has no qibla direction for the worshippers pray facing the Ka'ba, situated in the central open courtyard. The mosque today covers an area of 356,800 square meters including the outdoor and indoor praying spaces and can accommodate up to 820,000 worshippers during the hajj period. "
Hajj ,Mecca , over 2.5 million people
"This video is taken on Jan 5th 2007 in holly city of Mecca in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia al-Haram Mosque,
What you are seen is Hajjes The pilgrim doing al tawaf around the Kahba part of Hajj . The pilgrim may return to Makkah after throwing pebbles on the 12th of Thul-Hijjah to perform Tawaf al-Wada (farewell circumambulation).
It was great experience for me to see over 2.5 million people gather from all over the world to perform their Hajj all at the same time in one great place ....." Wikipedia "Islamic tradition holds that the Mosque was first built by the angels before the creation of mankind, when God ordained a place of worship on Earth to reflect the house in heaven called al-Baytu l-Maˤmur (Arabic: البيت المعمور, "The Worship Place of Angels"). Al-Baytu l-Maˤmur is believed to be located in heaven directly above the Kaaba. The first Kaaba was built by angels and Adam was the first human to rebuild it. From time to time the Mosque was destroyed and rebuilt anew. According to Islamic belief it was built by Ibrahim (Abraham), with the help of his son Ishmael. They were ordered by Allah to build the mosque, and the Kaaba. The Black Stone is situated near the eastern corner of the Kaaba. Some believe it is to start the circumambulation around the Kaaba, while some believe it to be the only remnant of the original structure made by Abraham.[who?] The Kaaba is the direction for all the Muslims to pray across the globe thus signifying unity among all. The Islamic teaching specifically mentions that nothing is magical about the Grand Mosque except for the oasis Zamzam which has never dried ever since it was revealed....
".. also known as Madina an-Nabi (the city of the Prophet), is located in Hijaz, on the western part of Saudi Arabia, some four hundred kilometers north of Mecca. Medina has a population of about 600 000 inhabitants. Medina is second to Mecca in spiritual importance among Muslims. The presence of the Prophet`s Mosque (masjid al-Nabawi), the burial place of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and many other historical sites in Medina attract millions of visitors every year. .." Wikipedia "..is a city in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia, and serves as the capital of the Al Madinah Province. It is the second holiest city in Islam, and the burial place of Muhammad. It is historically significant for being Muhammad's home after the Hijrah..."
Wikipedia "..is the second holiest mosque in Islam. It is the final resting place of Muhammad. Masjid al-Haram in Mecca is the holiest mosque; the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is the third holiest in Islam."
"Saudi woman who was gang-raped, then sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison is now "pardoned" by King Abdullah. If you're a woman, Saudi Arabia is not your friend. "
Women rights in Saudi Arabia
"A brave Saudi women exposing the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia without freedom of expression and basic human rights."
Saudi king appoints woman
Analysis: Female minister just one of Saudi king's steps forward,
updated 4:54 a.m. EST, Tue February 17, 2009 (CNN.com) " (CNN) -- What could be bigger than the appointment of the first female minister in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi King Abdullah made more than one noteable appointment to his council of ministers.
Possibly the appointment of a new minister of justice who may actually help her get equal rights with her male counterpart. "...